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Finally, Patch 7.0.7 is here bringing two new heroes and ranked seasons.

Pangolier and Dark Willow enter Dota 2

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Dota 2’s much anticipated Duelling Fates update has arrived, and with it comes two new heroes and a host of changes to the game.

The two new heroes, Pangolier and Dark Willow, were teased at the Dota 2 International earlier this year creating an interesting shift in the game as the second and third new heroes to be introduced to Dota 2. All other heroes in Dota 2 were imported from the old Warcraft III Dota map, but the addition of new heroes is exactly what we expected from Valve.

Before we jump into the two new champions, let’s take a look at some other features which arrived in the “Dueling Fates” update.

Ranked Seasons

While Dota 2 has had a competitive mode for quite some time, there hasn’t really been any indication or “bragging rights” for players other than their match-making rating (MMR). This was a number with the highest recording being over 10,000. This number didn’t mean much outside of the competitive circle, but the latest addition of ranks will offer players medals for their performance.

Throughout the Ranked Season, players will earn medals based on their performance. Each medal will have stars which track the progress from one medal to the next. Players will be required to play their placement matches once again which will be based on their previous MMR from the old system. The Ranked Season will last six months and will begin in two weeks!

Turbo Mode

Valve has also added a new game mode in the “Dueling Fates” update which is essentially All-Pick on steroids. Everything is essentially in “Turbo Mode” meaning faster respawn times, more XP and Gold gained, weaker structures and finally a “buy anywhere” shop system.

The aim of Turbo Mode is to make for faster games with friends and perhaps help new players become more familiar with the game. It’s essentially the old “Easy Mode” which was an extension of All-Pick and All-Random in the Warcraft III version.

For a full list check it out here.


Pangolier, who wasn’t given a name until the announcement of the update, originally came in as a “Puss in Boots” from the fairy tales. He isn’t, unfortunately, a cat, but instead a Pangolin which becomes present in his abilities. Being the armoured swashbuckler that he is, Pangolier seems like a rather fun hero to play.

The men and women that make up the Nivan Gallants live a life of swordplay, chandelier swinging, and tawdry romance. And while all adhere to their creed that “A life of adventure is the only life worth living,” the exploits of Donté Panlin still manage to raise the eyebrows of even the most hedonistic of swordsmen


  • Swashbuckle

    • Pangolier dashes to a new position, assaulting enemies in the target direction with multiple quick thrusts, dealing physical damage and apply on-hit effects.

  • Shield Crash

    • Pangolier jumps in the air and slams back to the ground. Enemies around him are damaged and grant him temporary damage reduction the more heroes he hits.

  • Heartpiercer

    • Pangolier reads his enemies perfectly, deftly slipping his blade past defences to give his attacks a chance to slow the target and fully negate enemy armour after a short delay

  • Rolling Thunder (Ultimate)

    • Pangolier curls into a magic-immune ball and thunders forward, damaging and stunning any enemies he hits. Shield Crash can also be used while this ability is active to jump over obstacles. Has a brief channelling period.

Dark Willow

A menacing fairy, Dark Willow’s intentions became apparent in the teaser video posted by Valve at the International. She looks cute and sweet, but from her lore, it seems she’s no cute fairy at all. Resembling a “Tinker Bell gone wrong,” Dark Willow enters Dota 2 in an interesting position as a support/nuker.

Children love telling stories about the whimsical adventures of fairies... That’s because children don’t know that most fairies are spiteful jerks. And in the world of spiteful fairies, there are few names spoken of with more contempt than Mireska Sunbreeze. Born to a fae merchant king, Mireska grew up in Revtel; a cutthroat nation where manipulation and murder were the norm.



  • Bramble Maze

    • Dark Willow creates a maze of brambles that latch onto enemies who walk into a thicket, damaging them and applying a root.

  • Shadow Realm

    • Dark Willow recedes into the Shadow Realm, becoming untargetable and gaining increasing bonus magic damage for her next attack the longer she remains in the shadows.

  • Cursed Crown

    • Dark Willow bestows a cursed fae crown upon an enemy. After a four second delay, the target and any other enemies nearby are stunned.

  • Bedlam

    • Dark Willow's companion Jex circles around her, dealing damage to nearby enemies. Cannot be used while Terrorize is active.

  • Terrorize

    • Dark Willow's companion Jex strikes fear into her enemies, causing them to run towards their home fountain. Cannot be used while Bedlam is active.